TITLE: Forever My Heart
GENRE: Adult Contemporary Romance
A low creak was all that greeted her as Kat Chavis walked through the shadowed hallways. She always arrived an hour earlier than everyone else on the first day of school. For another nine months, it wouldn’t be this quiet again. There would be laughter and tears bouncing between the walls.
Honestly, she loved the sound more than the quiet, but part of her wasn’t ready for the new year. This would be her third year as Seaside Elementary’s principal, and her last if the school’s image didn’t improve. People didn’t want to send their kid to the “scary” school, where kids got beat up and fifth graders begged their parents to drop out.
Those had only been media exaggerations. The child hadn’t really wanted to drop out. He’d just been upset. In fact, he’d ended the year with all A’s, not that the newspaper had printed that detail. Good news didn’t sell. A too-young principal with a tragic past was what sold. And for the life of her, Kat didn’t know who was responsible for leaking the lack luster details of her life to those who could inflate them.
Another long creak came from the end of the Sand Fiddler’s hallway. Kat started in that direction. She wasn’t scared of the Seaside ghost anymore. Not that she believed in him. She didn’t.
“Hey, Buddy,” she called as her heels clicked along the freshly waxed floors. “The kids are coming back today. Get ready.”